the Executive is working to set up an integrated national ecosystem

The government is working to put in place a vision of an integrated national ecosystem relating to the strategic stock of basic products, said Monday in Rabat, the Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Waters and Forests, Mohammed Sadiki.

Sadiki, in response to a question in the House of Representatives on “the achievement of food security” posed by the Istiqlalian group of unity and egalitarianism, indicated that the food security of the Kingdom is at the center of the concerns of the “Green Generation” 2020-2030 strategy, by strengthening the development of sustainable and eco-smart agriculture.

Achieving this objective, he continued, requires the selection of suitable and efficient agricultural systems, the adoption of adaptive technology, sustainable management of irrigation water and the enhancement of water and food industries, in addition to the efforts made to improve the attractiveness of the agricultural sector and ensure a normal supply of the national market.

It should be noted that the Kingdom has succeeded in implementing an integrated policy aimed at guaranteeing abundance in terms of food, promoting agricultural and rural development, as well as protecting natural resources through the implementation of the Green Morocco Plan and “Green Generation” to ensure food security, in particular by strengthening the pillars of food sovereignty.

In this sense, Sadiki highlighted the achievements in terms of covering national needs in the sectors of vegetables and fruits (100%), milk, red and white meats (from 98% to 100%), sugar (44 %) and cereals (53%).

In response to another question on the shortage of milk, presented by the Socialist Group, the Minister explained that the worsening of the situation marked by the continuation of the drought and the high prices of cattle feed had caused a remarkable drop of average cattle imports (from 75% to 50%), which led to a decrease in the number of dairy cows and negatively impacted milk production and collection with an average of -20%.

He noted that the government is making considerable efforts to put in place a series of measures capable of preserving the balance of this sector, the vitality of the sector, the income of producers, the supply of markets and price stability.

And to achieve these objectives, Sadiki indicated that his Department has worked in favor of the establishment of a continuous monitoring system, in partnership with professionals to guarantee a sufficient supply, support the imports of dairy cows which have 20 thousand heads for 24 months, in addition to support for the production of local dairy cows (4,000 dirhams/head).

The Ministry has also taken care to support, organize and legalize the artificial insemination of cows, to continue the support and distribution of compound feed to dairy cow producers, as well as to set up a national program for the production of feed livestock and support for imports of dry milk and butter to produce dairy products.

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